Archive for November, 2010

Fact: Connection is why we’re here. Neuro-biologically, that’s how we’re wired.

Fact:  Music is the universal language. You can walk into a musical situation and sit in with musicians from other countries, races or cultures.

When you add the power of technology to connect people musically, you have way more than the sum of its’ parts as evidenced by this amazing video. 185 voices from 12 countries join a choir that spans the globe: “Lux Aurumque,” composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre, merges hundreds of tracks individually recorded and posted to YouTube. It’s an astonishing illustration of how technology can connect us.

I’ve listed the piece itself and then two short features on “the making of”. ALL well worth watching!!!!!! Enjoy.

Eric Whitacre introduces us to the Virtual Choir, and tells us how it came about and went on to be a YouTube phenomenon.

This is a background story from CTV News Toronto & cnn.com

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Courtesy of Seth Godin

Do you need a permit?

Where, precisely, do you go in order to get permission to make a dent in the universe?

The accepted state is to be a cog. The preferred career is to follow the well-worn path, to read the instructions, to do what we’re told. It’s safer that way. Less responsibility. More people to blame.

When someone comes along and says, “not me, I’m going down a different path,” we flinch. We’re not organized to encourage and celebrate the unproven striver. It’s safer to tear them down (with their best interests at heart, of course). Better, we think, to let them down easy, to encourage them to take a safer path, to be realistic, to hear it from us rather than the marketplace.

Perhaps, years ago, this was good advice. Today, it’s clearly not. In fact, it’s disrespectful, ill-advised and short sighted. How dare we cheer when a bold changemaker stumbles? Our obligation today isn’t to spare the feelings of our peers from future disappointment. It’s to establish an expectation that of course they’re going to do something that matters.

If you think there’s a chance you can make a dent, GO.



You have my permission. Not that you needed it.

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